Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

Kith & Kin

Humans are a tribal breed

that longs for community,

and thrives surrounded

by kith and kin.

Young or old

people desire connection…

they long to belong

and enfold others into their belonging.

Yet while every person is born

with relatives of blood,

the kin of our bones,

those selfsame persons build

a lifelong family of heart,

their kith,

linked by friendship, love and spirit.

We may adopt them

children of our heart —

or we may stand shoulder to shoulder with them

brothers and sisters of our heart —

or we may take them into our souls and bodies

lovers of our heart.

All these other humans are no less family

than those related by birth,

and their value exceeds any quantum of blood

by virtue of the heart’s measures:

friendship, love and spirit.

Nature has its vagaries

Life has its cruel turns;

the human who has lost kin may endure

but never kithless.

© RCGA 2013

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